EDC Receives Accreditation Recognition

Members of the EDC Board of Directors pose with Brett Doney following the presentation of the AEDO recognition. From left to right: Monte Reyes, City of Porterville; Dan Zoldak, Lars Andersen; Dr. Rosa Carlson, Porterville College; Colby Wells, Southern California Gas Company; Mike Porte, Newmark Grubb Pearson Commercial; EDC Board Chair Craig Vejvoda, City of Tulare; Brett Doney, president and CEO, Great Falls Development Authority representing the International Economic Development Council; EDC Immediate Past Chair Nick Seals, Seals/Biehle, Inc.; Harroll Wiley, Bank of the Sierra; Leonel Benavides, City of Farmersville; John Lollis, City of Porterville; Mike Olmos, City of Visalia; and George Vasquez, Rabobank.
Members of the EDC Board of Directors pose with Brett Doney following the presentation of the AEDO recognition. From left to right: Monte Reyes, City of Porterville; Dan Zoldak, Lars Andersen; Dr. Rosa Carlson, Porterville College; Colby Wells, Southern California Gas Company; Mike Porte, Newmark Grubb Pearson Commercial; EDC Board Chair Craig Vejvoda, City of Tulare; Brett Doney, president and CEO, Great Falls Development Authority representing the International Economic Development Council; EDC Immediate Past Chair Nick Seals, Seals/Biehle, Inc.; Harroll Wiley, Bank of the Sierra; Leonel Benavides, City of Farmersville; John Lollis, City of Porterville; Mike Olmos, City of Visalia; and George Vasquez, Rabobank.

Brett Doney, president and CEO of the Great Falls (Montana) Development Authority, representing the International Economic Development Council, formally presented the Economic Development Corporation serving Tulare County with the recognition as an Accredited Economic Development Organization, having successfully completed its third reaccreditation process. The EDC is one of the longest standing AEDO’s, having first been accredited in 2002.

In making the presentation, Doney told the EDC Board that only 2% of economic development organizations in the country have been able to achieve the designation, and even fewer have been able to maintain it as consistently as the EDC in Tulare County. He also indicated that the EDC has earned the right to claim the tagline of a recent advertisement “California’s Most Innovative Economic Development Organization.”

The presentation was made at the EDC Board’s annual meeting, where it also received its annual report for the fiscal year ending June 30. As EDC Board Chairman Craig Vejvoda noted, it was an exceptional year on all accounts and the EDC is well positioned to continue its successful track record of business attraction and improving the quality of life, one job at a time.

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